January 30th, 2004


Vague Update

Some sort of vague update on life seems to be in order, but I just can't muster the enthusiasm. Life's in a state of flux at the moment, Lilian's off to the US next weekend, Erin's moving in with Jane in a month (providing the money comes through) and everything feels... temporary.

I hope that things will start feeling more real come April-time. Me and Ed have plans for the flat. We'll rearrange and reconfigure and see what we can do to make it more livable. We're even planning on getting the steamer back and doing the wallpaper (which was started before we moved in, and has been sitting half-stripped ever since).

I'm also back to my own team at work in March. I've been seconded to a different team since July, and even before then I was largely working for them, so I don't really feel like part of my 'actual' team. It's really going to feel like all change.

Just writing this has suddenly made me realise how close these changes are. Suddenly I feel less like Winter and more like I can see Spring, blooming in the distance.

I look forward to feeling the sun shining on me.

I want to be in America

I'm off to the states to join Lilian in mid March. Two weeks in Berkely with a 4 day weekend in Vegas in the middle. There's an SF convention on and I've wanted to visit Vegas for _years_. It's the epitome of...whatever it is that Las Vegas is. Nowhere else can you see Ship battles on an hourly basis or a pyramid larger than the Great Pyramid. It's one part of mankind pushed as far as it can go. I'm not sure if this is a good thing, but I have to go and see it.

Berkely, hopefully, will also be good. I've been to SF before, about 10 years ago, and I'd enjoyed it a fair bit. Going back would be good. I know there's a couple of you out there, and if you'd like to meet up at some point, that'd be good.

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Stuck on a train for 5 hours last week, I read the Sunday Times.

Incensed by this article, I wrote a reply (email on the move being a great thing) reading thusly:

Charles Murray talks about 'The community's obligation to punish wrong
behaviour' as some kind of absolute.

Later he says that 'That they (citizens) may go freely and in peace is the
highest goal that government can serve'.

I certainly agree that when the former leads to the latter it is
unfortunately necessary, but that largely it does no such thing. Many
studies have shown that education and rehabilitation of criminals is far
more effective at reducing recidivism than punishment is.

And today got an email back saying that my letter has been provisionally selected for publication!

I'm so cool!

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I just discovered that Edinburgh used to have 57 railway stations. Including one where I live now. Which would be dreadfully handy for getting into work in the mornings.

All closed down in the 50s/60s, of course. Presumably they were money-losers.

More here.